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So Much for a Paperless Society

Techstination feature for Tuesday, June 19, 2007

So much for a paperless society. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. We may be glued to computer screens all day at work….and email has become an indispensable means of communications in our professional and personal lives. But…paper use ….has been rising. Quite a bit of that flood of information that flows onto our computer screens….winds up being printed on paper. Oki Data recently commissioned a survey of IT managers on the future of printing…..and says Oki Data Americas chief executive Stewart Krentzman …what they found was…

"That 90 percent of them view the printer, or some printing device in their office as a key component of their daily activity. So understanding that, clearly the paperless society is a long way off because IT managers are still relying as heavily on this printing device as they ever have."

The survey found nearly 80 percent of the IT managers prefer to review documents in print…rather than just on a screen…

"They end up on a document because people have a desire to hold it, to carry it, to feel it, to study it. And there's probably a depth opportunity bringing it closer or further away with a piece of paper than you can certainly do with a monitor."

The survey results may not be seen as good news by everyone….but it is welcome news to Oki Data…and its competitors in the printing business. You can find us on the Web with an archive of reports at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.